China’s feedback mechanism started doing its job this week, as their government has issued a timetable for oil companies to clean up their fuel so it becomes less polluting. However, the law will only be enforced four years from now, despite the public criticism or the smog that’s currently covering Beijing.
The new standards would make Chinese gasoline equivalent to the European Euro 5 pollution standard, and that is less than 10 parts per million (ppm) for their sulfur content. Beijing is the only city to adopt such a measure.
Despite closing 103 polluting factories and parking 30 percent of government cars, the air in the country’s capital still remains unbreathable.
Diesel fuel will also be capped to a 10 ppm sulfur content through a law that will be made public until June, but oil companies will benefit from the same four-year grace period, Xinhua reports. On top of that, a temporary 50 ppm cap would be put in force and will expire at the end of 2014.